foil foil  /ˈfɔ ɪl/


  1. (n) a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
  2. (n) anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
  3. (n) a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through
  4. (n) picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
  5. (n) a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
  6. (v) enhance by contrast
  7. (v) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  8. (v) cover or back with foil

Derived Word(s)


  1. During the war, Germany's Aluminum-werke Tscheulin turned out aluminum foil used by the Nazis to confuse Allied radars.
  2. In Colbert Country, a guest is more of a foil than a source of intelligence.
  3. He produced a small foil packet of dubious-looking brown granules and instructed me to dissolve them in hot water, and drink the brew three times a day.


  1. VPG Releases New Generation Of Ultra-High-Precision Z-Foil Power Current Sensing Resistors With TCR of ±0.2 ppm/°C ...

    Vishay Precision Group, Inc. recently announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has released new ultra-high-precision Z-Foil power current sensing resistors for applications where rapid ?R stabilization and resistance stability under transient power conditions are required
    on June 21, 2013     Source: ElectronicsWeb

  2. LeBron James — 'Up, Up And Away'

    More than any team he faces, LeBron James' biggest foil is actually Michael Jordan, The Greatest Basketball Player Ever.™
    on June 20, 2013     Source: NPR

  3. Merkel: US Intelligence Helped Foil Terror Plot

    Germany's Merkel says US spies helped foil terror plot, but questions NSA surveillance scope        
    on June 17, 2013     Source: ABC News


  1. "Our duty is to foil these dangerous schemes, which try to prevent the establishment of an Islamic state in Iraq, which would be a wall of resistance against American schemes to divide Iraq," Bin Laden said.
    on Dec 29, 2007 By: Osama bin Laden Source: News24

  2. In an interview Friday with CBS News' Harry Smith, Mr. Obama said, "The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United...
    on Jun 20, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: CBS News

  3. Afterward, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham told, "I think we were all surprised (Crow) was announcing to the world with such certainty. We have talked about bringing another woman into the scene to kind of give Stevie a sort of foil...
    on Jul 24, 2008 By: Lindsey Buckingham Source: CNN

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